Meet The Team
Dr. Nina Kiani
Dr. Kiani is a graduate of George Washington University and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at New York University College of Dentistry. Before going into private practice, she did her residency at Montefiore Hospital. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association. Her cosmetic dentistry credentials include membership in the Academy of Clear Aligners and certification in Bioclear treatment.
Dr. Kiani is passionate about creating beautiful, long-lasting smiles. That, in addition to the restoration of function, is what makes dentistry so personally rewarding for her. She goes to great lengths to create comfortable and welcoming environments for her patients and provides individualized treatment plans using the most advanced techniques available.
Dr. Kiani is a longtime resident of Manhattan where she lives with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and going to the gym.
Dr. Masih Shahlaie
Dr. Shahlaie is a board-certified Periodontist Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology. He received his dental degree in 1996 from the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he discovered his passion for Periodontics. Dr. Shahlaie subsequently completed his post graduate specialty program in Periodontics and obtained his Master of Science from Loma Linda University in 2001.
He has served as an assistant professor at Loma Linda University and has also served as an examiner for Arizona State Board for Oral Sedation Licensure. Dr. Shahlaie is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration and General Dental Council.
In his spare time, Dr Shahlaie enjoys soccer, tennis, electronic music, and cooking! He is a foodie and loves trying new restaurants.
Dr. Kent Strickman
Dr. Strickman is a board certified Endodontist and member of the American Association of Endodontics. After graduating from Brooklyn College, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at NYU College of Dentistry in 1999 where he achieved Honors in Endodontics and the Crest Award for Excellence in Geriatric Dentistry.
Dr. Strickman discovered that his passion for endodontics stemmed from the ability to preserve the natural teeth of his patients and alleviating pain.Toward those goals, he received advanced training in endodontic therapy at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York where he is currently a Clinical Instructor in Endodontics.
Dr. Strickman grew up in Brooklyn where he lives with his wife. He has two grown daughters, one of whom attends college and the other who recently graduated. When he isn’t saving teeth, he enjoys cooking, kayaking, biking and working on getting his private pilot’s license.
I love being a dental hygienist mainly because of the satisfaction I get working with patients one-on-one, helping them improve their oral hygiene and enhancing the beauty of their smiles. Making a difference in patients’ lives by educating them about the importance of oral health is one of the major reasons I entered this profession.
I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (with honors) from New York University and went on to complete my Master of Science in Healthcare Management at Rutgers University.
When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family. Traveling, along with exploring different cultures and cuisines, has topped my list of hobbies in the past few years.
I like meeting new people and learning about their lives and interests. We have the best patients, and each of them has stories I want to hear! Some patients worry about seeing the dentist: I promise them that Dr. Kiani is gentle and that patients will feel comfortable during their visits.
I prepare the operatories to make sure everything is ready. After I seat our patient, I explain what their visit will entail. Working chairside, I assist Dr. Kiani and, at the same time, I talk with our patient about what we’re doing and make sure that they’re still comfortable. When the procedure is finished, I offer home care instructions and answer questions.
When I’m not working, I’m usually with my family. I love to travel and go to amusement parks. I like escaping into a good book and listening to classical music, too.
I love building relationships and helping patients understand their dental insurance. We have a wonderful team here, with each person committed to keeping our patients relaxed and comfortable during visits.
I’m a certified medical and dental insurance biller. Working with patients, I review their insurance coverage, handle paperwork and filing claims, and make sure everyone gets the most from their benefits! I also support our staff with clerical matters to ensure we’re keeping our patients happy.
My time off is spent with family and friends. I love my pets who complete my family. I enjoy cooking, time at the beach, and dancing to my favorite music: Salsa!
I bring to this wonderful team extensive experience in marketing and customer service – that includes my upbeat Australian attitude and two decades of working on both the client and customer sides of banking, fashion, retail, education and non-profit management.
I love meeting new people and enjoy welcoming patients with a smile. Our staff is part of Dr. Kiani’s family, and I want each person who walks through the door to feel that way too.
When I’m not covered in dog hair, you can find me at the beach, gym or enjoying friends and family.